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City man goes on trial for serious assault in Dublin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city man has gone on trial accused of assaulting another man who had to have part of his testicle removed following the altercation.
35 year old Raymond Leonard of Sliabh Ban, Ballybane has pleaded NOT guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Nicholas Devlin causing him harm in Ranelagh, Dublin, on August 30, 2015.
The court heard the victim had been ejected from McSorley’s pub in Ranelagh after an incident with bar staff clearing away his group’s drinks.
He said he approached another group of people outside the pub to see if they knew the bar staff, as this group had been allowed to remain on the premises.
Mr Devlin said the group’s demeanour was aggressive and he had a short verbal exchange with one man, before this individual punched him twice in the face and kneed him in the groin.
Mr Devlin said doctors later told him he had a ruptured testicle and he had surgery to remove part of it.
He said he was not “overly intoxicated at all” on the night and described himself as coherent and “certainly capable of remembering everything”.
He agreed with the defending barrister that he told the jury “I think I’m certain” when pointing out on CCTV played in court the individual he said assaulted him
The prosecution say the accused did not act in self defence and that Mr Leonard acted in a “vindictive and malicious” manner and that he had taken off his shirt prior to the assault.
The trial continues before Judge Karen O’Connor and a jury of five women and seven men.

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Minister Ryan appoints Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh chairperson of Shannon Group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O’Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role.

He has held senior management positions including Executive Officer and Chairman of Aer Arann for some 26 years, and served as a Senator

Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Ceidigh said Shannon Airport is a vital economic engine for the Shannon Region and wider west of Ireland economy.

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Funding approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that funding will be provided for the additional accommodation

It includes two new mainstream classrooms and a special education teacher room to cater for the current demand within the recently built school.

Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s important that an area like Lackagh has the capacity to deliver education in modern facilities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Slight fall in numbers claiming PUP in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 106,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

That’s a drop of over 4,500 on last week.

The greatest reduction was in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

In Galway, the drop in number is very small this week – it’s gone down 260

This means 5,440 people are still on the PUP in Galway

Commenting on the national figures Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys say today’s figures show the number claiming payments has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

Since February, the number of young people, under the age of 25, who were claiming the PUP is down by over 90 per cent.

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